The Meltdown of a High Arctic Hunting Community: Stockholm Archipelago Lecture with Kirsten Hastrup

August 28th, 2013 | Posted by Lize-Marié van der Watt in News | Okategoriserade
Oqaatsut village, Greenland, a village of hunters and fishers in Disko Bay. Creative Commons Contribution.

Oqaatsut village, Greenland, a village of hunters and fishers in Disko Bay. Creative Commons Contribution.

The second Stockholm Archipelago Lecture is of interest to the Mistra Arctic Futures in a Global Context community – and beyond. Hosted by the KTH Environmental Humanities Laboratory at the Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment, ProfessorKirsten Hastrup of Copenhagen University will discuss the past and future of a hunting community of North-West Greenland. Living in the High Arctic means living on the edge of the inhabitable world. Even if physically connected to more southerly parts of Greenland, the settlements in the far North are virtual islands in a vast sea of ice.  With the current climate changes, these islands are increasingly under siege; sea-ice is destabilized, game dislocated and the future within a new Greenland at best uncertain. People are therefore engaged in a process of reorientation, based on close attention to both nature and politics that may make or unmake their world. This presentation is based on fieldwork in the region, and will also touch upon some challenges that the case poses to anthropology. The lecture will take place on 11 September 2013 at 15:30, KTH main campus, lecture hall F3. Download the pamphlet here: StockholmArchipelagoLecture-3

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